Kruger Park rangers start 2020 off on high note with major arrests

Another poached rhino in the Kruger National Park in SA

Seven suspected poachers had met their match in the Kruger National Park rangers who, in nine days, during the New Year anti-poaching campaign. Three  were arrested on January 2  in the Lower Sabie / Skukuza area of the Park after an extended day long follow-up operation by rangers, supported by K9 and air wing rapid reaction units. Heavy caliber hunting rifles, ammunition and poaching equipment were recovered. The second group of another three suspects were arrested on January 7 by a joint Stolznek and Pretoriuskop ranger team, supported by K9…

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Access for KNP day visitors during the 2019 festive season – pre-bookings necessary

The coming festive season in KNP is officially starting on Friday, 13 December 2019 until Tuesday, 14 January 2020. The Kruger National Park (KNP) would institute quotas for day visitors again at entrance gates. Time slots are: Slot 1: 05:30 to 07:30 Slot 2: 07:30 to 09:30 Slot 3: 09:30 on-wards The three different time slots are aimed at improving the spread of vehicles and, as far as possible prevent unnecessary waiting periods at gates”, said the KNP’s GM: Communications and Marketing, Ike Phaahla. The Day Visitor Quota for the…

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STROOP wins 26th film award

The multiple award-winning wildlife crime thriller, ‘STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War’ received its 26th award this past weekend when the documentary’s filmmakers, Susan Scott and Bonné de Bod were honoured with the SANParks Kudu Award for Best Television Journalism for 2018/2019. Hosted annually, the Kudu Award is one of the country’s top conservation prizes given by the South African National Parks (SANParks) to recognise conservationists including SANParks staff, NGO partners and the media. According to Fundisile Mketeni, SANParks CEO, “Awareness of conservation issues is of vital importance…

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Kruger Park roads temporarily closed for demolition of Kanniedood Dam

THE Kruger National Park (KNP), in conjunction with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would demolished the remaining part of Kanniedood Dam south east of Shingwedzi Camp. The remaining section of this dam would be blown up on in sections from today (Friday, Nov 29) to December 6. It is part of the rehabilitation process of the Expanded Public Works, Biodiversity Social Programme. To ensure safety of tourists, all roads in the areas would be temporarily during this time.A Affected roads are the S50 gravel road which would be…

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Accident in KNP – visitors injured and giraffe killed

VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURES FOUR PEOPLE AND CLAIMS GIRAFFE’S LIFE A vehicle with 13 day visitors on their way to Letaba was involved in an accident North of Mopani in the Kruger National Park (KNP).  Preliminary reports indicate that a giraffe stepped into the road and the combi hitting. The giraffe fell on top of a  rented safari vehicle with two occupants. The driver of the rental vehicle, a Swiss national was seriously injured and the passenger suffered minor injuries. Medical personnel rushed to the scene of the accident where the…

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It is time for KNP’s concessions to be renewed

KNP sunset

The Kruger National Park private concessions granted almost two decades ago are coming up for renewal. Existing lodge owners had been been an example of successful public-private partnerships. However,  existing concession owners are worried that  new regulations for the second round of concessions would be so accommodating. According to Daily Maverick (DM), private lodges such as Lukimbi charge R30 000 per night. This 5-star lodge is the epitome of luxury and have held a concession for the past 18 years. DM said that when the first concession  were awarded 19…

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Wage dispute resolved at SANParks

According to a statement by South African National Parks (SANParks), a dispute regarding wages and conditions of employment by three unions representing workers in the Collective Bargaining Council had been resolved.  Rey Thakhuli, SANParks Acting Head of Communications said that SANParks and the various labour unions settled the dispute and the parties immediately formalised the agreement. SANParks and the majority of unions, the Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union (HOSPERSA) and National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NUPSAW), signed an agreement that workers will get an…

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More than 100 000 South Africans entered SA Parks free of charge

Uploaded by Tumelo waga Dibakwane, senior journalist at NewsHorn Media South African National Park (SANParks) saw 113 032 visitors to the parks during South African National Parks Week from 8 September to 15 September 2019. This was a 52.6% increase from last year’s 74 086. This campaign under the established theme ‘Know Your National Parks’ allowed locals with valid identity documents an opportunity to spend a day at a national park of their choice free of charge.  According to SANParks CEO, Fundisile Mketeni the objective of the week is to…

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Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP), Glenn Phillips will be exiting the organization after 16 years of service.

Glen-Philips

South African National Parks (SANParks) Managing Executive of Kruger National Park (KNP), Glenn Phillips, will be exiting the organization after 16 years of service. The Chief Executive Officer of SANParks, Fundisile Mketeni said, “During his tenure as Managing Executive of Tourism, Glenn was instrumental in building sound relationships with the tourism industry, implementing responsible tourism principles, streamlining reservation processes as well as the successful implementation of Public-Private Partnerships. In addition, during his tenure in KNP, he led and guided the revision of the Kruger National Park management plan based on…

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